“The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street.” Author Susan Jane Gilman discusses her novel about a Russian immigrant who creates an ice cream empire in the Lower East Side. At Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame. 7 p.m. Free. Also June 18 at Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F. 6 p.m. Free. www.susanjanegilman.com.
“Broken Glass, Broken Lives.” Author Rita Kuhn reads from her memoir about surviving the Holocaust as a child. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free. www.jfcs-eastbay.org.
It’s just lit. Best-selling novelist Jennifer Weiner (“Good in Bed,” “And Then Came You”) will discuss her new book, “All Fall Down.” Often classified as “chick lit,” her novels star Jewish female protagonists who are usually plus-size and funny. Her new novel, however, focuses on a woman who is addicted to pills and trying to pull her life and family together. 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. $25-$35. www.tinyurl.com/jccsf-jennifer-weiner